During the first half day of the open-ended strike against Law 1386, there were clashes between citizens for and against mobilization, and the police gassed at various lock-off points in order to lift the pressure measure.
The greatest violence occurred in the imperial villa when a march of farmers from the north of Potosí, who were close to the Movement for Socialism (MAS), refused to accept the strike and attacked the citizen demonstrators with stones at some blockade points. from the early hours of this Monday.
According to a report in the El Potosí newspaper, the farmers entered Avenida Universitaria, crossed the Uyuni market and reached Plaza 10 de Noviembre. In some places the farmers grabbed the citizens with reins and in other places with stones and sticks, and still others used dynamic puppies to move forward.
The police were forced to intervene using chemical agents to prevent the clashes from causing major human harm. On September 10th, the police were right in the thick of it on both sides.
“We want to make it clear that we are going on a peaceful march, we want to work, when we work, we bring the daily bread (to us at home). (We don’t accept) bans after being locked (in quarantine) for a year. The citizens’ committee does not represent rural areas, ”protested one of the peasant demonstrators.
A passer-by said she went to pay for electricity but had to hide in a shop because the marching peasants “Potosí respects itself, damn it!” they threw stones at people unrelated to the blockade. An official police report on possible injuries and property damage is still pending.
Police gassed in Santa Cruz
On the other side of the country, the police were already on their way in the early hours of the morning to clear the blockades in various parts of the Santa Cruz department, and in some places they used chemical warfare agents against the population who made use of their right to protest.
A group of people blocking the entrance to Warnes parish were gassed by police and amid the tension, a report in El Día newspaper reported that some people were badly hit by tear gas.
In another case, the arrogance with which a police officer intercepted citizens blocking an avenue was observed, accused of being drunk. “You’re drunk, don’t train me, don’t train me,” the policeman shouted.
At one point in the city of Santa Cruz, the President of the Santa Cruz Committee, Rómulo Calvo, turned to some police officers, telling them not to intimidate the population. He reminded them that they had sworn to defend Bolivian citizenship.
“You were persecuted for 21 days (unemployment in 2019), intimidated, this people was with you, you are a citizen; They are harmed by the Military and Police Promotion Act. You have children, you have to stand next to your people, not intimidate them. We do not in any way want a confrontation between Bolivians. We want to be respected in order to live in freedom and democracy, ”said Calvo.
Likewise, members of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) circulated through various streets in Santa Cruz city demanding that the blockers let them work. One group was led by leader Rolando Borda and others drove around in trucks to intercept roadblocks.
In Tarija, a group of strike opponents tried to lift the blockades, threatening them with confrontation, pushing, pulling and insulting. Civics announced that they will continue with the pressures.
The police in Cochabamba had previously intervened in the blockade at the gate of Suticollo, where they dispersed the mobilized with chemical means.